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Tackling the Consumer Plastic Dilemma

Wrap-up - 29/05/2020

In this week's wrap up ... tackling the consumer plastic dilemma, from packaging's important role in food safety to answering the difficult questions. A surge in supermarket sales during crisis and news of an anti-germ food tray made from ocean waste. Plus a tough test for your food knowledge.


Packaging's important role in food safety

The current coronavirus crisis has made consumers acutely aware of the importance of dependable packaging, hygiene, and safety. There has also been a growing appreciation of the value delivered by plastic, despite the need to solve environmental and waste problems. 

To emphasise packaging's important role in food safety, the Flexible Packaging Association has highlighted three ways food is preserved and protected:

  1. Barrier Properties - The barrier layer keeps oxygen out, aroma in, and extends the shelf life of food products.
  2. Seal Integrity - A strong seal prevents leakage, spoilage, and food waste in between use.
  3. Multilayer Structures - Multiple layers of thin plastic or other materials each work to serve a purpose in protecting and preserving food.

The detail is here >>

In "Lifting the Lid on Plastic: Food for thought on tackling food waste", we also look at how plastic packaging has a strong role to play in preventing wastage by protecting food and extending shelf life.

You can read the article here >>


Packaging waste management system "needs overhaul"

The UK plastic packaging waste management system desperately needs overhauling, according to a new report from Brunel University London and the University of Leeds.

The authors of the report found that the current system of collecting and managing plastic packaging waste is discouraging efforts to invest in green infrastructure to exploit technological change.

They added that that problem has led to an over-dependence on exporting waste to markets with questionable recycling policies.

Discover more >>


Chemical recycling can be the answer

Recycling can address consumers' plastic dilemma so that they can rest assured their packaging isn't damaging the environment.

Chemical recycling, in particular, has an important role. Elena Parisi, Sales & Marketing Director at Recycling Technologies, has this week written: "Chemical recycling is starting to deliver exciting new technology to improve the economy in the plastics value chain (from linear to circular).

"It is crucial that this innovation is adopted at every stage of the value chain."

Elena also points out that "Avoiding plastic all together will likely lead to a nearly fourfold rise in our overall greenhouse gas emissions."

Read Elena's “Chemical recycling is happening” article >>


Recyclable mono-materials have been recommended in a position statement by CEFLEX to accelerate the circular economy for flexible packaging.

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Reusable plastic bags are a better option than single-use bags as they have a substantially lower environmental impact, according to a study in South Africa - but only if consumers reuse them.

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Answering the difficult question with the 3 Ps - protect present preserve

Can I have a “P” please, Bob?” was once the UK’s favourite TV game-show catchphrase. Today, if questioned “What P is being blamed for causing pollution in our oceans?”, the quick-fire answer would be “Plastic”. 

But there is a lot more to the plastic question. And a few more “P”s as well. We explore the answers in the final part of our comprehensive series.

Read the concluding part of our series >>


Surge in supermarket sales

Supermarket sales in the UK have risen by their fastest rate on record during the coronavirus crisis. Grocery shopping increased by 14.3% during the most recent three-month period, according to market research company Kantar.

In the latest four weeks, shoppers visited the supermarket 3.5 times per week on average, meaning 100 million fewer trips overall than the same month last year. But they increased spend each trip to £27.41 – nearly 50% more than they did during normal times.  

Find out more >>

Iceland cuts waste by nearly a quarter

Iceland has announced food waste reductions of almost 2500 tonnes, reflecting a decrease of 23.2% over the last two years.

The supermarket has donated nearly 375,000 meals in surplus food to communities across the UK.

And now a national trial is being rolled out to redistribute surplus food to staff in nearly 1000 stores, offering them the option of taking the food home or donating it to a local charity or cause.



New anti-germ food tray from ocean waste

A new anti-germ food tray that uses recycled ocean plastic waste has been developed by Parx Materials and Zincln. 

The process repurposes ropes and cages used in the fishing industry, and the trays are said to contain a trace element that is vital for the human immune system.

More information >>

Sail away on voyage into ocean plastics

You can sail away into this latest Packaging Europe podcast from Emily Penn, co-founder and mission director of eXXpedition, the all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission investigating the causes of and solutions to ocean plastic pollution.

Listen here >>


Elvis Presley has had a sandwich named after him. What are the three main fillings?

Which country is the world’s biggest olive producer, based on tonnes produced per year?

Which celebrity chef released a single in the early 1990s called World Party? 

Try this ridiculously hard quiz >>

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Recycling Roadmap for Flexible Packaging

In this week's wrap-up … FLEXIBLE PACKAGING and a recycling roadmap, viability of mechanically recycling, new circular economy consortium, and the future of sustainability. Survey reveals the best and worst supermarkets. Updates from the tray sealing world. Our views and news. And more …

Konrad is boxing clever with customer service

He might like to duck and dive in the boxing ring, but Konrad Webster doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to delivering customer service here at KM Packaging.

Superpowers of film that protects, presents, and preserves

If the packaging world had a superhero, its name would most likely be "FOIL". In its aluminium form, this super material has a range of properties that make it a formidable force, particularly when used for trays in food packaging.

KM Packaging invests to provide the science behind peel performance

We have enhanced our material testing capabilities by investing in a ProTest machine from specialist food industry machinery provider ProSeal.

The new ProTest machine enables us to reliably analyse, record and report the force required to peel any given lidding film from a tray, establishing if the seal strength and performance is suitable for the intended product’s application.

We are ready for Brexit

There’s no avoiding it, Brexit deadline day is nearly here. With uncertainty still swirling in the political sphere and the road ahead unclear, what does Brexit mean for the UK packaging industry? In particular, how will importing and exporting, crucial to the supply chain, be affected in the event of a hard Brexit or no deal?

Green Benefits of Tray Sealing

In this week's wrap up ... the green credentials of tray sealing, a visit to the test kitchen, updates from United Fresh Live, an amazing career from apprentice to MD, a guide to plastics classifications, and how demand has taken cheese off the shelves …

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